Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk - Castles (Nesvizh), 4 days»
The excursion to the sights of Belarus.
We present to your attention one of the most interesting national excursions around Belarus, the route of which will include cities and sights that you may not have heard of yet During the trip you will see rich landscapes, old settlements, and harmonious silhouettes of the Catholic and Orthodox churches. This territory was historically a part of the Vilnius Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. We'll learn about the monuments and places, about the historical destiny of this region from the harmonious story on the route. We begin with the manor of Michal Kleofas Oginsky "Zalesye", which you will see by booking an excursion from us. Michal Kleofas Oginsky is the state and public figure, diplomat, composer, memoirist, author of the well-known polonaise "Farewell to the homeland".
The next point of the excursion tour "Belarusian mosaic" will be a visit to the city of Smorgon known for its Calvinist Cathedral of the 17th century (now St. Michael's Catholic Church) and the buildings of the 19th century.
Lunch in a restaurant.
You will see interesting architectural sights of Belarus
Further the tourist route of the combined excursions in Belarus takes us through the chain of the church architecture monuments of the 17-20th centuries. First, we'll see postmodern catholic church in Soly impressing by its wall painting which was built in the beginning of the 20th century.
By booking an excursion on the VETLIVA website, you will learn about one of the catholic churches in Ostrovets, which will remind us of the famous "white-haired consul" - Iosif Goshkevich - which was born in Belarus and now is buried near the church. You will be definitely impressed by the incredible Neo-Gothic Catholic Church of Holy Trinity which is one of the most beautiful and interesting sights of the route of our excursion. It is situated in the village Gervyaty known from the 13th century. The visit of the church and listening to the concert of Organ Music (optional) will make this excursion unforgettable. in Gervyaty village known from the 13th century. The visit of the church and listening to the concert of Organ Music (optional) will make this excursion unforgettable.
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk
Friday – Buffet breakfast
Book Minsk Sightseeing Tour.
During the excursion you will learn about the past and the present of the city. The Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire, The Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Republic of Belarus – that is the way that Minsk has passed during its life. You will see the most valuable architectural monuments of the city: Cathedral Orthodox and Catholic Churches of the ХVII-XVIII centuries (Organ Concert); St. Peter and St. Paul's Church of the beginning of ХVII century and the "Red" Church; the oldest street Nemiga which started its way fr om the Minsk castle, and the picturesque Upper Town. The historic centre of Minsk – the Upper Town – attracts the visitors with its unique atmosphere of the past which is felt in its old buildings and on its narrow streets where museums, cafes and restaurants, boutiques and sculptures are located.
All the sights of Minsk in the excursion with VETLIVA!
Magnificent architectural ensembles of the main squares and avenues of the city, monumental constructivist public buildings, parks and public gardens will burst upon your eyes. The tragedy of the citizens in the years of the World War II; modern Minsk of the ХХ-ХХI centuries – these points will also be in the picture of the excursion. Walking down the Trinity Suburb you will see different museums, cafes, taverns and gift shops.
Lunch at the restaurant. Free time. Overnight stay in Minsk.
The sights of Mir and Nesvizh wait for you!
Saturday – Buffet breakfast.
Drive from Minsk to Nesvizh. You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Mir and Nesvizh Castles.
The combined bus tour to the Nesvizh castle.
Nesvizh is the former capital of the Radziwill’s Ordination, one of the most high-powered families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. At the Market place of this picturesque town you will see the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (17th century) is located nearby. Book the fascinating trip across Belarus, and the excursion to the Town Hall which was built after Magdeburg rights were granted to Nesvizh in 1586 will wait for you. We will see the museum exposition devoted to the city magistrate.
You will see all the sights of Nesvizh.
The Farny Church of the 16th century (architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni) – the first Baroque building in the Eastern Europe. This church is one of the most valuable churches in Belarus due to gorgeous fresco painting and the undercroft.
Then we'll visit the Nesvizh Castle Complex.
It was built in the 16-18th centuries designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni by order of Nickolay Christoph Radziwill "Sirotka". The magnificent castle surrounded by high earthworks and wide ponds represents the system of buildings forming the tasteful court of honor.
Lunch at the restaurant. Hotel check-in.
During our visit of the Palace Museum you will see the impressive expositions composed of a vast number of relics, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas. The great palace halls will impress you by their valuable sets of the artworks, weapons, coins. After the excursion inside the castle we continue our day walking through picturesque parks adjacent to the palace which were founded in the 19th century by Maria de Castellano Radziwill.
Overnight stay in Nesvizh.
The Mir castle and Mir wait for you.
Sunday – Breakfast. Hotel check-out.
Drive to Mir. The Majestic Mir Castle, built in the 16th century, its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the Museum Exposition inside the castle.
Our excursion begins and first we go downstairs.
We go to the basement where food stocks and wine storages were located. The main exposition of the castle is represented by the material culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, hunting trophies, suits of armour, household items. The last titled owners of the castle were the Svyatopolk-Mirsky Family, we will see the rooms and studies where the members of the family worked and lived. Our museum guides will tell us about the life of the Radziwill Family, demonstrate us the confirmation of their ancient lineage and military glory.
Alongside the castle there is the chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family built in the beginning of the 20th century. The historic part of Mir kept the atmosphere of the former small town. The ensemble of the market place is formed by the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of craftsmen and merchants.
Return to Minsk about 18.00.
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